Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some college admissions-related apps

The New York Times reports that The Fiske Guide to Colleges is now available for iPads.  Although my son was lukewarm on it, I found the Fiske guide quite helpful.  Some other college admissions related apps were featured in their story.
FutureU SAT — Kaplan’s new test prep video game is a free application that challenges players on the math, reading and writing sections of the SAT. Users can track their progress as they review geometric equations or subject-verb agreement. The free game works on both iPhones and iPads, with additional levels available for $1.99 each.
SAT Vocab Challenge — If you’re stumbling over obfuscate, obsequious and obstreperous, The Princeton Review offers an easy-to-use app that might just help. SAT Vocab Challenge focuses on definitions, synonyms and antonyms, but also includes timed quizzes to help prepare you for test day. Each volume of 250 words costs $4.99.
Peterson’s College Guide — Planning your college search list just got a little bit easier. Peterson’s Guide (free) has reviews and information on more than 4,000 colleges across the country. Can’t decide where to head next? Just shake your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and it will find one for you.
College Search App — Though it may not match the breadth of Peterson’s, the College Search App (99 cents) has some unique options that let users find institutions they may want to visit. Browse by region, type or athletic conference to find a school that may be a good fit.
College Savings — Worried how much your four years at Sarah Lawrence will cost? The College Savings application is an easy way for parents and students to compare just how much they’ll need to save to pay for college. The free iPad app compares how a user’s investments are likely to grow versus tuition forecasts to estimate how much you should be putting away before freshman year.

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